Recommendations for prosecutions

The Commission must seek the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on whether any prosecution should be commenced. The DPP determines whether any criminal charges can be laid, and conducts all prosecutions. The Commission provides information on this website in relation to the status of prosecution recommendations and outcomes as advised by the DPP. The progress of matters is generally within the hands of the DPP. Accordingly, the Commission does not directly notify persons affected of advice received from the DPP or the progress of their matters generally.

The ICAC is of the opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) should be obtained with respect to the prosecution of Ronald Cordoba for the criminal offences of:

  • fraud, pursuant to section 192E of the Crimes Act 1900, in relation to $55,000 paid by Cloud People to Mr Cordoba’s business, ITD Systems, in or after February 2014
  • fraud, pursuant to section 192E of the Crimes Act, in relation to the $1,709,904.90 paid by the SWSI to ITD Systems between February and July 2014
  • wilfully making a false statement to mislead a Commission officer, pursuant to section 80 of the Independent  Commission Against Corruption Act 1988 in relation to information provided by him to a Commission officer during a search of his (Mr Cordoba’s) home on 10 March 2015
  • making a false or misleading statement during a compulsory examination, pursuant to section 87 of the ICAC Act, in relation to evidence given by him during two compulsory examinations by the Commission to the effect that he had used an incorrect Australian Business Number (ABN) on SWSI documentation by accident.

Updates

A brief of evidence was provided to the DPP on 11 March 2016. On 8 December 2016, the DPP advised that there is sufficient evidence to charge Ronald Cordoba with:

  • 51 counts of fraud pursuant to section 192E of the Crimes Act
  • 1 count of wilfully lying to a Commission officer pursuant to section 80(c) of the ICAC Act
  • 1 count of giving false evidence at a compulsory examination pursuant to section 87 of the ICAC Act.

The matter was mentioned at the Downing Centre Local Court on 11 July 2017. Mr Cordoba entered pleas of guilty to one count of dishonestly causing a financial disadvantage by deception, one count of dishonestly obtaining a benefit by deception (encompassing all 51 offences charged), and one count of giving false evidence at a compulsory examination. A further charge of wilfully lying to a Commssion officer will also be taken into account on sentencing. Mr Cordoba was committed for sentence to the Sydney District Court, where the matter was listed for mention on 28 July 2017. On that day, Mr Cordoba adhered to his guilty plea and the matter was listed for sentence at the Sydney District Court on 20 April 2018. The matter was adjourned to 6 June 2018 to determine application for plea reversal on 1 x section 192E offence.

Mr Cordoba failed to appear on 6 June. The application for plea reversal was dismissed on that date and a warrant issued for Mr Cordoba's arrest.